LPSB Fills Vacant Seat for District 5

LPSB Fills Vacant Seat for District 5 with Appointment
Posted on 01/25/2020
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LIVINGSTON, La. – The Livingston Parish School Board voted Thursday (Jan. 23) evening to appoint Denham Springs resident Cecil Harris to serve as the District 5 member, filling the vacancy left by former member Buddy Mincey, Jr., who resigned earlier this year to take on his newly elected position of State Representative.

Harris, who is a former executive for an education publishing company, will hold the appointed seat until voters can elect a new board member this fall. The governor must declare the special election. Harris said he plans to run for the elected position at that time.

“I’ve enjoyed a career in the educational field that I believe can serve me well in this new position. I’ve worked with school leaders in this district, across the state and throughout the southeast region, to offer improved textbooks, technology and software for students,” Harris said. “I’m looking forward to working with this administration now as a board member to continue to advance educational opportunities in Livingston Parish.”

Harris, who is a graduate and Athletic Hall of Fame member of Denham Springs High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Southeastern Louisiana University. He also has a minor in special education.

Harris taught and coached for three years in the Livingston Parish Public School System before taking a supervisor position with the Louisiana Department of Education in the Health and Physical Education division. He later moved his career to the private sector, working as

regional vice president for an educational publishing company for several years before opening his own company, Pinnacle Education, which he operated for nearly five years before retiring.

Harris’ wife, Margaret Harris, worked as a teacher in Livingston Parish Schools before retiring. Their three sons all attended school in the Denham Springs district.

Harris received seven favorable votes for the appointment, from David “Bo” Graham, Jan Benton, Bradley Harris, Jeff Cox, Brad Sharp, Frank Parrino and Devin Gregoire. Kellee Hennessy Dickerson was absent.

Notice of Discrimination

The Livingston Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX Coordinator is Stephen Parrill

Livingston Parish Public Schools is committed to ensuring that all websites and web applications, both public-facing and for internal use, conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (W.C.A.G.) 2.0 Level AA. Any issues should be reported toLPWebAccessibility@lpsb.org. (stephen.parrill@lpsb.org), Assistant Superintendent, P.O. Box 1130, Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225) 686-7044. The Special Education Director is Dr. Eric Penalber (eric.penalber@lpsb.org); the LPPS 504 Coordinator is Marcia McKnight (Marcia.McKnight@lpsb.org), P.O. Box 1130 Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225)686-4248.

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